Conserving U.S. Forests
Because forests are one of our society's most valued resources, it is imperative that we take measures to protect forest ecosystems and the resources within. NWF has a number of initiatives underway to ensure forests are well-protected and that future generations will be able to enjoy the many benefits provided by forests. These benefits include: clean air and water, food, shelter, energy, medicine, biodiversity, and the cycling of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Our Healthy Forests Initiatives Include:
Protecting and restoring America's great longleaf pine ecosystems throughout the southeast. The Alabama Longleaf Restoration on Private Lands project is receiving funding from Southern Company through their National Fish and Wildlife Foundation partnership to expand the range of longleaf pine throughout the southeast. This funding has provided NWF and its affiliate, the Alabama Wildlife Federation, the opportunity to work with landowners to plant and restore longleaf pine on over 5,300 acres of private land in Alabama. NWF is also part of the regional Longleaf Pine Partnership Council, a large working group of organizations and agencies that collaborate to support longleaf pine restoration efforts throughout the historic range.
Promoting sustainable forestry and timber practices through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification. In 2011, NWF and Alabama TREASURE Forest Association established a FSC group certificate to provide a local source of sustainable wood products, the first of its kind in the southeast. FSC certification promotes responsible forest management by creating rigorous standards that promote best forest management and timber marketing in the industry. Please visit the Southeast Sustainability website for more details.
NWF works to assist regional communities by increasing the economic benefits of forests through effective management practices and restoration efforts. NWF engages in ongoing efforts to provide education and outreach that is necessary for landowners to manage their forested land using best practices, as well as to build local wealth in communities. We also have a strong commitment to serve small, underserved and minority landowners with our outreach and support efforts.